Hi, I’m Ray, and I’ve been passionate about lean thinking and organizational transformation since 1997. My career started at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, evolving from a Production Engineering Trainee to an expert in lean systems. This journey was enriched through my role as an Industrial Extension Specialist with the Lean Systems Group, a collaboration between Toyota and the University of Kentucky College of Engineering.
Throughout my career, I’ve led numerous transformation programs in varied industries, from manufacturing to healthcare and government. My approach has always been people-centric, engaging individuals at every organizational level, including front-line workers and CEOs.
My academic foundation includes a Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems Engineering with a Lean Systems Emphasis and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. I also hold certifications in Lean Systems, Toyota Culture, Lean Accounting, and Toyota Problem Solving, underscoring my commitment to continuous learning and improvement.